I live in Hollywood with my Rolling Stones record collection and my wife. I was a journalist for 23 years, starting out as a business and political reporter when I was 19, and specializing in music and showbiz after I came to America in 1992.
I have interviewed hundreds of stars. Favorites, for various reasons, included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, David Bowie, Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Robbie Robertson, Marianne Faithfull, Barry White, Carly Simon, Nancy Wilson, Maurice Gibb, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Solomon Burke, Isaac Hayes, Mark Knopfler, Gavin Rossdale, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Page, Roger Daltrey, Carly Simon, George Harrison, Mick Jones (both of them), Steve Cropper, Jeff Beck, Johnny Cash, and the guys in Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, the Sex Pistols, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Crowes, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Anthrax, INXS, the Hives, Midnight Oil, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Metallica.
Here I am dancing on stage with Iggy and the Stooges in 2011 (last one on stage, grey hoodie). This is one of the many experiences recounted in my memoir, Strange Days: The Adventures of a Grumpy Rock ‘n’ Roll Journalist in Los Angeles, available here. For more info, go to strangedaysbook.com
At every opportunity I try to travel, and I am four states short of doing all 50 U.S. states before I hit 50. My favorite foreign destinations have been Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ethiopia, Australia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain, Paraguay, South Korea and Nicaragua. Cuba was the worst, by far. When I am home, I am a total homebody.
I love celebrity graveyards, state capitols, certain presidential libraries, sushi, the Rainbow Bar and Grill, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, swimming, and Seinfeld reruns. I was fired from Reuters in the summer of 2011, after skating on thin ice for a few years in a messy tango with new management. Life is too short to be miserable at work. I strongly recommend making a break if your bosses are evil.
UPDATE (JANUARY 2017): I have just finished working on a Lynyrd Skynyrd book in collaboration with Artimus Pyle, the band’s former drummer. It should be released in the fall of 2017 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard. We are extremely excited about this project, which will be the first — and last book — written by a Skynyrd. I have set up a related Twitter page, though it is currently private.
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